Conceptualizing Water Research in Central Asia

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The land reforms initiated after the independence of the Central Asian states have led to the breakdown of large collective farming units into numerous smallholder farmers. The water management in Central Asia is hierarchically organized and centrally controlled. WUAs were formed in all countries (except Turkmenistan) to fill the gap in irrigation water management at former collective farm level. This is the level where the state meets with water users, here newly emerged land owners – farmers and other water users compete for water. This is the level where the water distribution becomes more of a social activity. Therefore WUAs are the best-fitting unit for socio-technical analysis. Generally, four domains of interaction can be identified at the WUA level: local government –WUA, water management organizations (WMO) – WUA, WUA – water users (farmers), and water users – water users. Although very significant research has been done on socio-technical aspects of irrigation water management, it does not cover geographically former Central Asian countries with large scale irrigation.


Keywords: Water Sector, Network, Irrigation System
Stream: Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Iskandar Abdullayev

Khorezm Project, ZEF-UNESCO, Center for Development Study, ZEF,Bonn, Germany
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

From 1990 to 1992 worked as a Consultant in the project, funded by Ministry of Water Resources Management of Uzbekistan, on “Impact Assessment of Drainage Water Reuse in the Kashkadarya Province of Uzbekistan on water and soil situation”. From 1992 to 1999 worked as Assistant of Professor at the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanisation Engineers (TIIAME), taught Integrated Water Resources Management for BSc and MSc students. From 1992 to 1996 conducted PhD research on studying water and salt balance in the irrigated areas of Bukhara Oasis of Uzbekistan. Specialised research areas: water conservation methods, salt-water balance, studying of the environmental impacts of irrigated agriculture, productivity of water use. In 1995 and 1999 spent totally one year in USA under USAID grants on Water Resources Management study, in 1996 spent 4 month have been in Israel at International Irrigation Courses. In the year 2000 spent 4 month at International Drainage Courses of International Land Reclamation Institute (ILRI) of Netherlands. Dr.Iskandar Abdullaev worked as Project leader in USAID, BCA, EU and Soros supported projects during 1996 to 2001. Dr.Iskandar Abdullaev was initiator and creator of the Association of Uzbekistan for Sustainable Water Resources Management-Suvchi- professional unit of the educators, researchers and practitioners on water resources management. At present Association has representative offices all around of Central Asia and has some 1000 members.
In May 2001, Dr.Iskandar Abdullaev was offered a position Water Management Specialist, in the newly opened IWMI office in Central Asia and Caucasus Suboffice. Since 2005 he was promoted to the Regional Researcher position at Tashkent office of International Water Management Institute.
Since 2007, april Dr.Iskandar Abdullaev is senior researcher at Center for Development Studies, Bonn, Germany.

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